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Are Tesla Patents Free? | IP Conversations

Elon Musk has been in the news a lot recently. The tech billionaire is famous for a lot of things, and one of them is the famous Tesla pledge, which apparently gives rise to open-source patents.  

But are Tesla patents really free? Read this IP Conversation to find out!

Hey IP Geek. 

I’ve heard that in 2014 Tesla made all their patents public, pledging they wouldn’t sue anyone using their technology in good faith. So are Tesla patents really free?


No, Tesla patents are not free. Read the condition “in good faith” very cautiously.

The Tesla Pledge has three conditions attached to the use of Tesla patents.

These conditions secure Tesla from any unauthorized third-party use.


Anyone using Tesla’s patented technology must forfeit the right of issuing a patent in the electric motor field.

No party can challenge the Tesla patents.

No party can sell or market a dupe to such Tesla technology or provide assistance to any company which attempts to do so. 


Wow! Those are a lot of very broad conditions. So nobody can actually use Tesla patents to make money at all.

Thanks for the clarification , IP Geek.



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